Carrara

and the world of marble (guided tour only)

Fifty miles north from the port (one hour drive) lies Carrara, famous worldwide for its marble quarries, exploited since roman time, where Michelangelo and Canova used to take the raw material for their works, today used to furnish the most luxury buildings. 

Take the chance to visit a quarry in activity with an expert guide, who will explain every step of the digging process, along with a sculpture atelier, where skilled artists transform it into pieces of art, or a marble workshop, where it is worked for architectural purpose. Discover then Colonnata, an old quarrymen village, and taste the lard produced here with a unique method, once the food of the local workers. During the visit comprehensive information will be given about history, marble working, custom. Consistently with the time left, another visit is possible, for instance Pisa on our way back.